Wednesday, January 2, 2019

#TheIWSG January 2019

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Led and started by Alex J. Cavanaugh
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Sorry, I'm a bit late today. 

Optional Question: What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?
My favorite writing questions:
1. What do you like best about writing?
2. What do you like about world-building?
3. Any questions about heroes, villains, protagonists, and character-driven plot.
4. What authors inspire you?
5. What movies inspire you?

My least favorite writing questions (asked by real people in real time):
1. Why do you call yourself a local author when you don't write about local events? (I was asked this at a book signing by two very grumpy attendees who didn't understand that I usually write fantasy, even though I live local.)
2. Why do you think you're qualified to write without an MFA? (Because I write.)
3. Do you think you're going to become the next J.K. Rowling or something? (Why yes, what author wouldn't want to be successful and amazing like Rowling? But I can really only write and hope.)
4. Do you think you can really write in more than one genre? (Yes. Because I have.)


Oddly Suited by LG Keltner
Sea of Sorrows by AV Brown
Behind the Catcher’s Mask by Jennifer Lane
A Diver’s Ball by Angela Brown
Fearless Heart by Deborah Solice
The Dark Charade by CD Gallant-King
The Cog Prince by Elizabeth Mueller
Flower of Ronda by Myles Christensen
Remedy by Chelsea Ballard
Charleston Masquerade by Carrie-Anne Brownian

The top story has the honors of being included in the title. LG Keltner’s story came out on top! The official title of our next anthology – Masquerade: Oddly Suited. Congratulations, LG. (She was also in the top spot for our first anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here.)

The IWSG Admins spent many hours reading the entries and fourteen were sent to our special judges. We certainly wish to thank them for taking time away from their own work to read the entries:

Kelly Van Sant, agent at Red Sofa Literary Agency
DL Hammons, Write Club founder
Gwen Gardner, author and previous IWSG anthology winner

Look for Masquerade: Oddly Suited late spring!



Big Magic will be discussed at the IWSG Book Club on January 31st


krystal jane said...

I don't see why anyone would ask why someone thinks they can write in more than one genre. I'm pretty one-note myself, but that's by choice, it's not because I don't think I can. Lol! I would be happy to answer any of your least favorite questions though, because it would mean someone was asking about my writing other than, "How's it going?" Lol!

I loved Big Magic, by the way. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Those are some crazy questions. You can only call yourself local if you write local? I'd need to live in space!

Jacqui Murray said...

What amazing questions! I'm surprised people asked them. Local writer--really? Let's parse that word. Happy new year, Tyrean!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Krystal - True, it is good to get asked questions. :)

Alex - Yeah. I know. Maybe you could become an astronaut?

Jacqui - It is really wild what people ask. I've had some shocked moments of just sitting there, not really sure how to answer. Happy New Year, Jaccqui!

Nick Wilford said...

Ha! I used to get the Rowling one for some reason: "I'm a writer." "Oh, like JK Rowling?" Well yes, in the sense that we're both authors, but I'm not rich, and I don't even count her as an inspiration!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Alex's comment cracked me up! :)

Interesting how someone thought you needed an MFA to write, that you needed it to be "qualified." That sounds more like other professions, like needing a medical or a law degree, etc.

Julie Flanders said...

Oh gosh, I can't believe the local question! Of all the ridiculous things.
Happy New Year to you and your family, Tyrean!

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine said...

I'm not a fan of being asked what authors or movies inspire you because I always draw a blank.

J.Q. Rose said...

Oh my goodness! I think biting my tongue through all those crazy questions would be a challenge and also I'd end up with a bloody tongue. Glad you had great answers for the curious.
JQ Rose

Sarah Foster said...

Some of these questions I've been seeing today are ridiculous!
I guess I'm not qualified to write since I only have a BFA. I should probably burn everything I wrote before that, too, I suppose lol.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Nick - it's odd, isn't it?

Madeline - yes, Alex's answer as good. I think it is odd how the "qualification" thing seems to hit people.

Julie - I know. :) Happy New Year!

Patricia- yes, that has happened to me, but I prefer it over other questions. :)

JQ - well, actually, now I have answers. At the time, I did a lot of jaw-dropping, 'hunh'

Sarah - They are ridiculous, aren't they? It's crazy. Keep on writing, Sarah!

Chemist Ken said...

Ha! Those people who didn't know what "local author" meant are so clueless. I hope you managed to explain the concept to them without bursting out laughing.

Have a great 2019!

Jemi Fraser said...

Wow - so hard to believe people would actually ask some of those ones!
I love the one about world building - that's such a fun one to discuss!!

C.D. Gallant-King said...

I can see people asking why you don't "write local" if you claim you're a local author. I know lots of people who only read books about their local area (in Newfoundland there's a huge market for "local authors write about local subjects").

I'm not saying it's not stupid and a dumb question, I'm just saying I'm not surprised.

L.G. Keltner said...

That local author question made me laugh. Someone apparently didn't understand what that term means. And the MFA question made me scratch my head. There are plenty of famous authors who don't have a MFA, and they seem to write just fine.

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the stories in the anthology!

CWMartin said...

I have to laugh at that first one on the least liked questions- I think they attend church at one of the places served by the Pastors in my post about 20 weirdest questions asked pastors Tuesday!

Lee Lowery said...

I like your favorite questions - I love talking about world-building and authors I find inspiring. Your least favorite questions just prove that you can't fix stupid. That MFA thing is just weird. Only writers who want to pursue acadamia in a university setting "need" one, as a prelude to their Ph.D. The rest of us can save our $$$ to live on while we write.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

The MFA question is snobby. As for genres, I'm working on my 4th genre. I guess I'm just all over the map and full of myself, huh?

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Those are some nasty questions. I've never suffered any of those. The local writer thing is kind of funny.

M.J. Fifield said...

I've never gotten the local author question before. I have to admit, it made me laugh. It just feels so odd.

Happy New Year!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I like your favorite questions to be asked. I can't believe people ask you some of the other ones.

Fundy Blue said...

Oh those least favorite questions you've been asked, Tyrean! Definitely the local author one takes the prize! I'll be laughing myself to sleep over that one ~ soon I hope. All the best to you and your writing this year!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Holy smokes, you are talking with some mean people!! I'm one of those fortunate types who has a very short memory for things said by ignorant people.

The Cynical Sailor said...

The local author question is a bit odd. It never occurred to me that people would think it meant you wrote about things in the area. I get you handle even the most rude and difficult questions with grace.

cleemckenzie said...

I had to laugh at that question about local author and local events. Isn't that a perfect example to show how differently people interpret words?

gilguy said...

I'm new to IWSG, and rather amazed by all the questions the members are asked. Personally, I don't get asked many questions. When I am it is usually "Why do you write about that? Are old people really like that. Anyway, who wants to read about old folks hoping to get cozy again?"

My generic answer is "Wait til you get to October or November. Chances are you'll understand by then."

Gwen Gardner said...

Oh wow, people ask you all kinds of questions, and what a range! Sounds like you have it handled. Well done.

Melanie Rickmann said...

Geez, people can be so silly. And duh, we all want to be the next J.K. Rowling, who would bother to ask that? Haha! Thanks for the laugh. Happy New Year!

Cherie Reich said...

Happy New Year, Tyrean! I always assumed local writers were writers who lived locally, not wrote about a certain local. I can see the confusion, though, but that doesn't give them a reason to get grumpy about it.

H.R. Sinclair said...

WHOA! Those least favorite questions are -- well I didn't think asked those types of questions. I guess I've a lot to learn. :/

Diane Burton said...

I'm so amazed at the questions some people ask. I've been fortunate not to encounter such people. Here's hoping you'll run into more intelligent fans this year. Happy writing.